Bhubaneswar: The officers of Air Intelligence Unit, Customs seized 215.600 grams of smuggled gold estimated to be worth Rs 8.91 lakh from a passenger at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA).
Acting on spot intelligence, the AIU personnel intercepted a passenger of Indian Origin hailing from Madurai in Tamil Nadu who had arrived at BPIA in AirAsia flight (AK-31) from Kuala Lumpur on January 17
During the search, 48 pieces of square size gold of foreign origin concealed in the passenger’s luggage and bags were recovered, the Commissionerate of Customs, Bhubaneswar said in a press note today.
The foreign origin gold having a purity of 99.9 % was seized under provisions of Customs Act. Further investigation is underway, the press note further read.
It may be mentioned here that Bhubaneswar Airport has been a significant rise in the number of gold smuggling cases and the state capital seems to have become a new route to smuggle the yellow metal.